2021 Alberta CEMS Code Finalized

UPDATE:
As a follow-up to the April 27 webinar, AEP issued the 2021 CEMS Code Questions and Responses on May 5, 2021. AEP also posted a recording of the April 27th webinar. A copy of the latest Q&A document is available here.

On April 7, 2021, Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) finalized the 2021 Continuous Emission Monitoring System (CEMS) Code. The 2021 Alberta CEMS Code becomes effective on or before January 1, 2022, to provide affected units the flexibility to comply with the new Code prior to the effective date. Otherwise, the 1998 CEMS Code will remain in effect until December 31, 2021.

A copy of the 2021 CEMS Code is available here. Supporting documents are available at www.alberta.ca/continuous-emissions-monitoring.aspx.

AEP is hosting a Revised CEMS Code Information Webinar on April 27, 2021, to provide information and to field questions concerning the 2021 CEMS Code.  The webinar will include changes from the 1998 CEMS Code and changes made from draft 2. Click here to register for the Revised CEMS Code Information Webinar.

Version 6.2.100 of CEMLink6 Now Available

Version 6.2.100 of CEMLink6 is now available. Updates are available to those with an active maintenance contract.

If you would like more information, or to update your CEMLink6 system to this version, please contact VIM Support at 410-859-5455.

Beginning with this version, VIM requires all DAHS server and Client computers to be running Microsoft .NET 4.8. If your server or client computers were deployed prior to September 2019 OR if you have had Windows updates deactivated, it’s likely that your systems will need to have this update installed. More information and documentation on determining your version of .NET, how to access an update, and when this needs to be completed is available here.

For more information on our maintenance and support services, please contact Eva Fewster at 410-859-5455 or eva.fewster@vimtechnologies.com.

CEMLink 6 Excel Add-In Released

VIM Technologies has released our latest version of the CEMLink 6 Excel Add-In – a CEMLink 6 tool designed to reduce the challenges associated with assembling and populating CEDRI reporting templates, state-specific reporting, and corporate fleet-wide data aggregation spreadsheets. This latest CEMLink 6 Excel Add-In is now available in the latest release (6.2.100), released on March 1, 2021.

Populate Excel Reports with the Click of a Mouse

The CEMLink 6 Excel Add-In will allow users to retrieve their compliance data directly, reliably, safely, and repeatedly from the CEMLink 6 server and use it to populate Excel reports with the click of a mouse. Users can manage and maintain connections to multiple servers, making it easy to run reports across an entire fleet.

Once licensed, users will be prompted to download the Excel Add-In from the DAHS server and can load the CEMLink6 plugin directly into Microsoft Excel. There are no limits on the number of workstations, users, or spreadsheets that can interface with a CEMLink6 DAS.

The first step in retrieving data is to configure and manage each of the CEMLink6 server connections. Users have the ability to collect and combine data from one or more servers across their fleet, all being tied into a single spreadsheet.

The next step involves the configuration of lists. “Lists” define the type of data that is being retrieved and contain details on the location where data is to be placed in each spreadsheet. Typically these steps are only done once, unless the reporting requirement or CEDRI template changes.

The final step entails running the report by using the “Get Data” feature and passing through a date range. With a few clicks of a mouse, it populates the Excel spreadsheet.

How to Get the CEMLink 6 Excel Add-In

To gain access to this feature in CEMLink 6, users will need to purchase a license. Complete configuration of your report(s) by VIM is also available, but not required. Please send an e-mail to support@vimtechnologies.com with the following information:

  • Desired delivery date
  • Number of DAS(s) the Excel add-in will communicate with
  • Type(s) of data needed (raw, calculated, other)
  • How are you planning to use the Excel Add-in? (provide sample files)
    • Ad-hoc query
    • Custom dashboards
    • Title V / Emission inventory / CEDRI / Other Sample Reports

Our Support Team will review your requirements and issue a proposal for the license and any configuration needed.


Want to know more about CEMLink6 Excel Add-In and CEDRI reporting requirements? Read VIM’s article in December’s World Cement Magazine

Odette Alsen Joins VIM Technologies as West Regional Sales Manager

Odette AlsenVIM Technologies is pleased to announce Odette Alsen as the new Regional Sales Manager for the West Region. Odette will provide sales and support for customers in California, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Hawaii, and Alaska.

Odette brings over two decades of experience in business development and consulting engineering. With formal training in chemical and environmental engineering, she has spent her career in all facets of the environmental engineering field ranging from site remediation, water and wastewater treatment, air pollution control, and regulatory compliance. Her most recent experience has included consulting engineering and regional sales with an emphasis on the oil and gas sector and environmental monitoring.Read more »

New Year Resolutions: 5 Tips to Improve Your Air Compliance

It’s a New Year, and one that we couldn’t be happier to see arrive. The new year is the perfect time to take stock and set goals for the year ahead. It’s time to consider New Year’s Resolutions for improving your air compliance programs. We’ve compiled our Top 5 great ideas to consider when planning for the year ahead:

1. Perform Checks on your CEMLink 6 System

Clean up unwanted files off your CEMLink 6 hard drives and check your system’s available storage space, CPU usage, and SQL Server memory usage. Exported files that are no longer needed should be removed. Be sure you have good backups of your PLC and Database files on an external device, and make sure you have a useable backup of CEMLink 6. Make sure that all alarms are acknowledged with proper reason codes and action codes and check that automatic backups are included in your scheduler and are working properly. Check PC/VM storage space. Verify your QA Test Plan/Plan ahead of this year’s CGAs/Linearities and use the Compliance Calendar to help plan for these events. As always, if you have questions or wish for VIM to help, contact VIM Support.Read more »

VIM Technologies Welcomes John David Cutts as Central Regional Manager

John David CuttsVIM Technologies is thrilled to welcome John David Cutts as Regional Sales Manager, covering the Central Region.

John David’s 20+ years of Process Industry experience will be an invaluable asset for VIM Technologies and our clients. His experience spans a wide range of industries and applications, including Up, Mid, Downstream O&G, Biogas as well as Petrochemical and Chemical for End Users, OEM’s and EPCs. Putting his Process Industry knowledge to work, John David will help clients find the right implementation of CEMLink 6 for all their data collection and reporting needs. He will also work with clients on the Compliance Optimization & Monitor Performance Accuracy Service (COMPAS) program, with auditing services, assessments, and QA/QC plans.

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Preparing for the Upcoming CEMLink6 Upgrade

Beginning with the next release of CEMLink6 (Version 6.2.100), scheduled for late February 2021, VIM will require all DAHS server and Client computers to be running Microsoft .NET 4.8. Up until this release, CEMLink6 required .NET 4.5. If your server or client computers were deployed prior to September 2019 OR if you have had Windows updates deactivated, it’s likely that your systems will need to have this update installed.

Please view documentation here for help determining the version of .NET, how to access an update, and when this needs to be completed. If you have any questions or would like to talk with someone about this further, please reach out to our support group at support@vimtechnologies.com.

CEMLink6 Excel Add-In: CEDRI Reports Are Just a Few Clicks Away

VIM Technologies is in high gear and getting ready to release the CEMLink6 Excel Add-In – a CEMLink6 tool designed to reduce the challenges associated with assembling and populating CEDRI reporting.

Over the last four years, PC MACT affected facility managers have witnessed the EPA change its demand regarding CEDRI reporting formats and requirements numerous times. The most recent change took effect on September 24, 2020, discontinuing the web format and replacing it with a new, consolidated, Excel spreadsheet template. The change effectively mandates all PC MACT sources to use the latest Excel template in the upcoming reporting period.
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VIM’s 2020 Webinar Recap

The year 2020 left companies frantically struggling to move operations online as cities and countries around the world went into lockdown due to COVID-19. Most companies faced a major challenge – to help their employees adapt to new routines and technology, and to do so remotely. Businesses had to limit employee travels, postpone, and cancel in-person training and meetings. At VIM Technologies, we recognized that our customers cannot simply push the pause button on critical workplace learning while trying to put employee safety first. To meet this challenge and support our partners, we decided to develop and host free webinars starting in April 2020.

Here is a recap of all VIM webinars conducted in 2020. If you missed any of them and would like access to any of the recordings, here’s a list of previous webinars. Select the webinar(s) you’re interested and fill out the request form.Read more »